TOSA is the first full electric articulated bus that runs without overhead lines. With its so called “flash” charging, it recharges at the bus stops along the route in a record time of 15 seconds.
TOSA is a hothouse of innovation to serve sustainable mobility.
”Jean-Luc Favre, CEO, ABB Sécheron S.A
Electromobility is the real future of sustainable mobility in Geneva.
”Thierry Wagenknecht, Technical Director of TPG and Chairman of the UITP Bus Committee
This project is proof of the Canton's determination to become a centre of excellence in cleantech.
”Rolf Gobet, Director, OPI
Everyone is talking about smart grids. We are actually creating one!
”Pascal Abbet, Manager of Energy Services, SIG
The project aims to introduce a new system of mass transport with electric “flash” recharging of the buses at selected stops. This is innovative in different aspects:
To implement this innovation, a pilot operation on an urban public transport line has been envisaged. This will be showcased, for the first time, at the UITP 2013 conference that will be held in Geneva. Vistors to the UITP will therefore be able to use electric public transport without overhead lines.
As for trolleybuses, TOSA is silent and has no CO2 emissions. This solution contributes to the reduction of atmospheric pollution and noise in cities.
TOSA allows the removal of the overhead wires which are unattractive especially in historic and touristic areas of cities or can be a major inconvenience to the residents of buildings to which the wires are attached.
Energy is drawn from the grid and stored at the “flash” stations, thereby avoiding short peaks of energy consumption. Thanks to the opportunity charging, a minimal amount of energy needs to be stored on the vehicle so energy is not unnecessarily consumed transporting heavy batteries.
TOSA is designed to function on lines with high frequencies. It meets the onerous demands of main lines in cities during rush hours. Without catenary lines, the journey of the TOSA bus can be adapted in case of traffic disruptions or accidents on the line.
The energy transfer technologies through direct contact have been developed with the health and safety of all passengers in mind. There are no electro-magnetic field emissions. The overhead connector is only energised when there is a vehicle connected to it and so avoids the risks associated with kilometres of live overhead conductors.
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in nearly 100 countries and employs approximately 145,000 people.
The Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies mission is to stimulate the development of industrial companies of the region by providing business support, notably on new and emerging markets.
The Transports publics genevois (tpg) is the leading transport operator in the France-Vaud-Geneva conurbation. It contributes to managing mobility across the region by proposing a quality service that respects principles of sustainable development. In all its activities, tpg seeks to ensure service excellence for the general public. tpg operates within the framework of a service contract that is renegotiated every four years with the Republic and Canton of Geneva.
SIG is an essential part of everyday life for the people of Geneva, supplying them with water, gas, electricity and thermal energy. With its strong commitment to sustainable development, SIG recycles rubbish, treats waste water and provides innovative services in the telecoms and utilities sectors.
Premiers enseignements et perspectives de développement
Retour d'expérience sur l'exploitation du démonstrateur TOSA entre mai 2013 et mars 2014
Lorsqu'un arrêt de bus devient une borne électrique
En grande première suisse, les Transports publics genevois (TPG) exploitent un bus articulé à batterie rechargeable pour la desserte des villes. L'énergie de propulsion est fournie par une batterie
Les ateliers d'ABB Sécheron à Genève proposent un bus électrique qui se recharge en seulement 15 secondes.
Conférence de presse TOSA.
Intervention de Monsieur Pierre-François Unger, Conseiller d'Etat chargé du département des affaires régionales, de l'économie et de la santé.
Allocution de M. Pascal Abbet, Directeur Energies à SIG.
Dimanche 26 mai 2013 Genève, Palexpo.
Le démonstrateur TOSA consiste à mettre en opération le tout premier bus de grande capacité 100% électrique utilisant la technologie du biberonnage.
Ecologie : Le Conseil d'Etat veut regrouper trois organismes de soutien aux entreprises.
Le projet permet à ABB d'envisager le remplacement de bus à moteur thermique par une technologie électrique à Genève.
Les visiteurs pourront découvrir et tester une première mondiale.
Le Congrès mondial et l’Exposition Mobility & City Transport de l’Union internationale des Transports publics (UITP) accueilleront à Genève 300 exposants internationaux.
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